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    Posted: 07 April 2024 at 12:20
As the 500si project seems to be going well I thought I'd bring up another idea.

2025 sees the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Minolta 7000 - a momentous moment that would, in time, bring us Dyxum itself. Could we do something to celebrate this landmark in the history of photography?

A similar project sending a 7000 around the world would be nice - if the camera could hold up to the ravages of multiple postal journeys. I have a couple of bodies I could contribute for this.

Perhaps we could arrange 7000 DMs - okay not 7000 of them, but meetings where everyone could spend part of the day shooting a roll or a few frames with a 7000.

Or we could do a 7000 challenge for a week somewhen in the year (5000s & 9000s allowed too).
 



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We'll, I'm up for it .

The 7000AF was my first proper camera up from the P&S POS I had .
I bought it used in the early 90's along with the 35-70mm f/4 , 70-210mm F/4 and 50mm f/1.7 .
It took a few months to save up enough money for it .
They had a used 7000i in as well , but I couldn't afford that .
It was that or beer .
Beer won !

All of which I still have , and the beer can still gets used .
( Apart from the beer , that never lasted long !)

I'll have several 7000AF's in the house as for a few years practically every used lens you bought came with one as a lens cap !

Funnily enough , I already have my 9000AF loaded with film .
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I'd join for a 7000 week if I'm allowed to use my 9000 camera. I might even look out for a 7000 body as it is one that I don't own, and really ought to. Good idea, Phil.
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How many people here have a 7000? I have none.
I am in with a 40-years of A-mount challenge though, but prefer something digital.
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Shortage of 7000s would not be a problem with a postal safari like the current 500si effots.

Nor should it be an obstacle to a DM where a single 7000 could be shared through the day. We could even send a single 7000 around to be used at all 2025 DMs.

And, of course, they can be bought for the price of a beer...

Multiple challenges would be fine - it wasn't only the camera that was launched but a whole range of lenses - that could be the basis of a digital challenge - 1985 lenses.




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A year ago I got a X7000 in a box with some other nice stuff. The X7000 looks ugly, but works fine. I know I can't get any worthwhile cash for it so I keep it around just to test older five-pin lenses that come my way. So far, I've found a couple of Sigmas and one very nice Tamron that will only work on the X7000, and nothing later. That way I know the lens is OK, but only for the first generation of Maxxum cameras.

Well worth the price of admission.
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Minolta Maxxum 7000 camera bodies show up on US thrift websites in such numbers that I cannot help but wonder how many were produced and that so many survived this long into the Smart Phone era.

Some bodies are in poor condition, yet many are in surprisingly good condition.

As I used my MD lens cameras for decades after the introduction of the Minolta autofocus system, my contribution would be using the Maxxum cameras I purchased during the last two months of 2023.

FWIW- While the newer and more automated bodies remain unsold, Minolta Maxxum 7000 bodies seem to be adopted by new owners more often than when I started buying last year.

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Originally posted by Cheveuxroux Cheveuxroux wrote:

Minolta Maxxum 7000 camera bodies show up on US thrift websites in such numbers that I cannot help but wonder how many were produced and that so many survived this long into the Smart Phone era.


They did a special edition to mark 2,000,000 sales - they were pretty popular.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2024 at 08:57
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by Cheveuxroux Cheveuxroux wrote:

Minolta Maxxum 7000 camera bodies show up on US thrift websites in such numbers that I cannot help but wonder how many were produced and that so many survived this long into the Smart Phone era.


They did a special edition to mark 2,000,000 sales - they were pretty popular.


I picked one of those up at some point too .
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I'd point out that the first A mount camera to be designed was the 9000 rather than the 7000... (although the 7000 was released first).

One of my backup cameras for '500si' was the 9000 (the other is a 7000i but I havent film tested that..). The trouble with my 9000 is that you don't get 36 exposures off a 36 exposure roll. I just ran a film through it trying to see if it was the higher speeds that were capping, but it doesn't seem consistent. There does seem to be some oil on the second set of blades (ie visible when the shutter is discharged). Still I ended up with 26 shots off a 36/38 roll.

One of the things to remember with that first series of A mount cameras is that AF is a little slow - but shooting with them is an interesting experience.

With the manual wind and the over-engineering, the 9000 is even more interesting to shoot with. I offer it up if anyone is interested to push a second camera around...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cheveuxroux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2024 at 13:43
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:



They did a special edition to mark 2,000,000 sales - they were pretty popular.


As people are still buying the 7000 bodies in preference to the late 1990s era highly automated but presumably faster Minolta autofocus bodies, the cameras must still be very popular.






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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

How many people here have a 7000? I have none.
I am in with a 40-years of A-mount challenge though, but prefer something digital.

I have two of them, of which one as heritage from my father
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

How many people here have a 7000? I have none.
I am in with a 40-years of A-mount challenge though, but prefer something digital.


Perhaps that's the main reason they are so inexpensive to buy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cheveuxroux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2024 at 05:07
Originally posted by XKAES XKAES wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

How many people here have a 7000? I have none.
I am in with a 40-years of A-mount challenge though, but prefer something digital.


Perhaps that's the main reason they are so inexpensive to buy.


I presume prices are low on Minolta 7000 cameras due to the sheer number of surviving examples and due to Minolta never quite managing to gain professional status.

In contrast, Prices paid for Nikon F3 bodies in dilapidated condition are shocking.

But that is just my two centimes worth.



Edited by Cheveuxroux - 09 April 2024 at 05:11
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